Friday, April 29, 2016

Book Review: Trial by Charm

Trial by Charm by Jolene Buchheit

Trial By Charm (The Charmed Trials Series Book 1)Seventeen-year-old Julia Wright doesn't understand her friends' obsession with boys. She's never even had a crush, and proudly maintains her composure no matter who is in her presence. In fact, the hotter a guy is to her friends, the more annoying he seems to Julia. When she is blackmailed into being the manager of the men's swim team, she finds herself face to face with the worst of them all.
Team Captain Vander Thelxinoe is the typical self-assured jock, with a not-so-typical ability to change people's minds at will. It's a talent he uses often to get what he wants--only his charms don't work on Julia. Now he is anxious to figure out why, and the closer he tries to get, the more desperate she is to stay away--especially when he somehow awakens a side of her she never knew existed.
Their quite unexpected friendship puts Julia in the middle of a quest she doesn't quite understand. As her familiar world starts to unravel around her, Julia must partner with the one person who knows how to push her buttons--and, in doing so, discovers the unbelievable truth about who she really is.
Can Julia and Vander survive the trial set before them, or will they succumb to a more terrifying fate?

209 pages
Published April 27th 2016 by Elephantine Publishing


MEOW . . . MEOW . . . MEOW 
Julia has always had a distaste for boys, she just always have. But when Vander Thelxinoe the heartthrob of Eisenhower High is on every girl's radar, to Julia, he's the biggest flirt of the school and he's always trying the moves on her.

What's interesting about Julia is that she really could care less about Vander, but yet she spends all of her time saying why she dislike him and focuses on him ALL the TIME. But when it was just supposed to be just the girls going for a swim outside of school hours, something about Vander that made her obsession with him grow even more.

Vander got a boat load of secrets, it seems that the only person that is breaking the lock of those secrets is Julia. However he's doing everything he can to not lead her astray knowing of what to come for him, but he can't seems to let her go, he also has growing problems.

The overall theme of the book, I enjoyed however I find it hard to see the Greek mythology connection  but I still had enjoyed it.  Hopefully the next book, there's more of an Greek mythology influence, and learning much more about what Julia and Vander can do.  So yes this book does have a tiny cliffhanger but don't worry, at least there's more to come.

I give this 4 Cat Paws, mainly this was a good starter for the series.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Kitty Blitz: Trial by Charm

Trial By Charm by Jolene Buchheit 
 
Seventeen-year-old Julia Wright doesn’t understand her friends’ obsession with boys. She’s never even had a crush, and proudly maintains her composure no matter who is in her presence. In fact, the hotter a guy is to her friends, the more annoying he seems to Julia. When she is blackmailed into being the manager of the men’s swim team, she finds herself face to face with the worst of them all.

Team Captain Vander Thelxinoe is the typical self-assured jock, with a not-so-typical ability to change people’s minds at will. It’s a talent he uses often to get what he wants--only his charms don’t work on Julia. Now he’s anxious to figure out why, and the closer he tries to get, the more desperate she is to stay away–especially when he somehow awakens a side of her she never knew existed.
Their unexpected friendship puts Julia in the middle of a quest she doesn’t quite understand. As her familiar world begins to unravel around her, Julia must partner with the one person who knows how to push her buttons–and, in doing so, discovers the unbelievable truth about who she really is.
Can Julia and Vander survive the trial set before them, or will they succumb to a more terrifying fate?

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About Jolene Buchheit

As a substitute teacher, Jolene spends her days in high school classrooms harvesting material for her Young Adult novels. She also uses it as an outlet for fangirling by showing upcoming book-to-movie trailers at the end of class, or discussing vital issues like whether Katniss should have picked Gale or Peeta.
She is committed to helping Special Education teenagers become independent adults and helping them find a way to focus on the positive especially when life gets hard. At home, Jolene loves to cuddle with her husband, two kids, and three cats—sometimes all at once—while reading Young Adult books or repeatedly watching movies based on them.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Kitty Blitz: Teaser Reveal

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Today we are sharing some teasers and an excerpt from MONDAY by E.L. Todd. This book is currently up for pre-order and will be released on May 3rd! MONDAY is the first book in the Timeless series.

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MONDAY by E.L. Todd (Timeless Series / May 3, 2016)

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Book Blurb:
I don’t believe in destiny.
In fate.
Or in soul mates.
But I believe in Hawke.
My life has never been whole since my parents left forever. I have my brother, someone I can barely tolerate most of the time, and I have my best friend, Marie.
And I have myself.
But when Hawke walks into my life, there’s an immediate connection. Our eyes lock and an unspoken conversation is exchanged. For the first time in my life, I actually feel something.
But he doesn’t.
He keeps me at arm’s length and pretends there’s nothing between us when there clearly is. I’m not the kind of girl to wait around for any guy, so I don’t.
But that doesn’t mean he isn’t in the back of my mind.
Our paths cross again in a way neither one of us expect and it changes everything. Was it destiny that made it happen? Was it fate?
Or was it something else?
   

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EXCERPT: 

My phone rang and Hawke’s name was on the screen. I forgot to call him and tell him I’d be late. “Hello?” 
“I know you’re late to everything but…a phone call would have been nice.” He was half teasing me, half being serious. “I’m sorry. I got a flat tire, and I’ve been trying to change it.” “What?” he barked. 

“Dude, this is really hard. I’ve been out here for an hour and a half.” Instead of laughing, he growled. 
“Are you kidding me right now?” Did I miss something? “What?” “Why didn’t you call me? I can change a tire in two seconds.” 

“I thought I could figure it out until…I realized I couldn’t.” “It’s freezing outside and it’s dark. Are you stupid?” Now I growled back. “You don’t need to be a dick.” “I’m going to be a dick when your head is shoved up your ass. Now where are you so I can come and get you?” “I can change the tire on my own.” “Clearly.” “How will I ever learn if you don’t let me figure it out?” 

“I could teach you. Did you think of that, smartass?” He was practically screaming at me over the phone. “If you’re going to throw a hissy fit, I’m going to hang up.” “You better not—” Click. I set my phone down and got back to work. He called back in two seconds. I sighed then answered. “What?” “Tell me where you are.” “So you can come down here and yell at me?” 

“So I can change your tire. Now spit it out.” “I’m almost done. I can figure it out.” “You’re really pissing me off,” he snapped. “Tell me where you are or—” Click. He called back immediately. He was such a drama queen. “What?” I yelled. 

“HANG UP ON ME AGAIN AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.” I rolled my eyes and stayed mute. “Now tell me where you are before I search the streets.” I looked around and tried to find a street name. “I’m at Gettysburg Park. I’m right at the curb.” Now he hung up on me. Click. 

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AUTHOR INFORMATION:

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Bestselling author, E. L. Todd, was raised in sunny California where she still lives today, claiming it’s the best place in the country. Easily hypothermic and hateful of the cold, she prefers to be warm all year round. She attended California State University, Stanislaus and received her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, but still pursued her dream to be a writer. She’s written several novels and many series’, and her imagination can’t seem to stop. She tries to find the good in people and she exploits that in her writing, proving that people can make mistakes and rise above their past. Her hobbies include sunbathing, swimming, eating at Surf Taco in San Diego, reading, and learning everything she can about hippopotamuses’, her favorite creature. Her greatest dream is to make people forget about the harshness of reality and dive into a good story with lovable people. When fans tell her they love her work, it gives her the greatest sense of accomplishment.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

Hide & Seek: Seattle Wolf Pack

Wolves are prowling out of the den . . . WHY??? 

 

To say that Kristin Miller's Seattle Wolf Pack series has brand new covers!!


Book Synopsis  
 CEO and alpha werewolf Drake Wilder has given up the search for his one true love. When he discovers that she’s a secretary in his company, Drake’s primal instincts kick into overdrive.

What he wouldn’t give to have her fingers rake over his body instead of the keyboard…

Free-spirited bartender Emelia Hudson wants nothing more than to make her Seattle-based bar succeed. But when profits decline, she slips into a dress suit and secures a nine-to-five. After learning that her bar has become property of Wilder Financial, Emelia is determined to get some answers.

Two can play the ruthless business game. If only her attraction to the boss wasn’t so intense…

When Drake’s twin brother senses that Drake has found his match—and now inherits their father’s billion dollar estate—he hatches a plan to take Emelia out. Drake vows to protect her at all costs, but he might have to pay with his own life.


Book Synopsis

To have and to howl…

Logan Black, former Marine and bodyguard for the Seattle Wolf Pack, hates weddings and has no plan to walk the path to matrimonial misery. But when he’s hired to protect a hot-to-trot wedding planner with a werewolf stalker, he’s forced to put his feelings aside. Not such an easy task when the damsel can turn him on with a single smoldering glance.

Wedding planner Veronica Vale knows werewolves exist, but hates them. One bit her sister, changing their lives forever. When a sexy Marine shows his gorgeous face at one of her wedding appointments, Veronica finds it hard to focus on the task at hand.

The chemistry drawing Logan and Veronica together seems fated, but with Logan’s playboy attitude, Veronica’s hatred for werewolves, and a stalker lurking in the shadows, these two need more than passion to keep them together.


Book Synopsis 

Carter Griffin, enforcing officer for the Seattle Wolf Pack, has a problem. He's been offered the promotion of his dreams…if he can find a wife to prove he's over his playboy ways. But Carter's already walked the matrimonial road and bought the stinkin' T-shirt. Besides, a werewolf only gets one fated mate. Been there, done that.

All werewolf dog trainer Faith Hamilton wants to do is earn enough green stuff to put her younger brother through college. Okay, okay, so she also totally wants Carter, her sexy next-door neighbor, to look at her as more than a friend. It's too bad size 12 and plain isn't his type. At all.

The two friends strike a deal to help one another out. They must face a variety of challenges from a psycho ex-girlfriend to a Yorkie with a shoe fetish...and that pesky problem of only having one-fated mate in a lifetime. Will a relationship ruin their friendship…or spark a love neither anticipated?


All three books are now available!!!

Plus here's another real treat! 

A Box set of Seattle Wolf Pack is available for pre-order!!!


Available April 25th, 2016 

 

 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Hide & Seek: Wolf Prey

Releasing in August 2016, WOLF PREY is the highly anticipated and stunning conclusion to Nina West's Wolf Cove Series. Check out this insanely hot cover for WOLF PREY! And be sure to grab WOLF BAIT & WOLF BITE today!

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About WOLF PREY (Wolf Cove Series #3):

Forced to leave Alaska to run the family farm while her father recovers from a tragic accident, Abbi heads home knowing she has the one thing she wants most –Henry’s affections. She's determined to not let anyone get in the way of that again.

But love for Abbi isn't easy.

With an overbearing mother who believes she has the right to approve who her daughter loves, a childhood ex-boyfriend who will do anything to win her back, and a wealthy, handsome boyfriend who always gets what he wants, Abbi soon realizes she may have to make some impossible choices in order to take control of her life.

WOLF PREY is the stunning conclusion to the sexy, addictive Wolf Cove Series, and should be read after WOLF BAIT and WOLF BITE.

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Check out this excerpt from Book 1 in the Wolf Cove Series, WOLF BAIT!

 
I frown, peering over at the boat in question, now even blurrier than before. “I didn’t notice anyone there.”
“Not surprised. Come on. You need to go to bed.” His hand slides around my lower back and prods me toward shore.
A rare defiant streak surges. I didn’t fly thousands of miles away from my overbearing mama only to be scolded and ordered around by a stranger. I jab his chest with my finger. “You can’t tell me what to do. You’re not the boss of me. The boss is the boss of me. And he can boss me.” I’m not sure that made much sense.
“And who is he?” Amusement laces his tone.
“I don’t know. Some arrogant big bad wolf billionaire who sleeps with Victoria’s Secret models and changes women like underwear. He sounds like a complete jerk. But you’re not him. You’re...” I’m leaning against his chest now. A broad, solid chest, his muscles hard against me. I reach up with the hand I used to poke him to touch the few weeks’ worth of growth covering his face, my fingertips scratching across the coarse hair. “A lumberjack.”
“A lumberjack.”
“Yes. With this beard and this,” I rub my hand over his flannel checkered jacket, sitting open, and then to the shirt beneath, reveling in the ridges of his stomach. “Definitely a lumberjack. Did they hire lumberjacks to cut wood for that giant fireplace in there? They’ve hired people for everything else. I mean, seriously, who comes up to Alaska to get their pubic area waxed and their hair colored? And yet there’s a full-service salon!”
His hands have found my waist again. He takes several steps backward, pulling me along with him.
But I dig my heels in. “I’m not going anywhere until I check the water for my glasses! I have a flashlight!” I yell, earning his shush.
He heaves a sigh. “Will you let me take you back to your cabin immediately after?”
“Once I do that, I will happily go to bed with you. Not with you. I’ll go to bed. I’m not going to bed with a lumberjack.” My tongue feels thick and slow as it trips over my rambling words.
“Fine. But I’m holding on to you the entire time. The owner doesn’t need any of his employees drowning.”
“Deal.”
He leads me back to the edge and drops to his knees with me. “Sit your ass right down or you’ll end up pulling us both in.”
“That’s no way to speak to a lady.”
He snorts. “It is when she’s as stubborn as a mule and as drunk as an Irishman.”

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About Nina West: Nina West lives in the city but spends her summers in the wilderness with her husband. She loves having a steaming cup of cocoa in one hand and a steamy story full of angst in the other. Follow her on Facebook or on Twitter!

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Blog Tour: Review + Excerpt Lying, Cheating Heart

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LYING, CHEATING HEART, the long awaited second book in Mindy Ruiz's Game of Hearts Series is finally here! Be sure and grab book 1, ENCHANTED HEART while it's FREE for release week only!

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LYING, CHEATING HEART Synopsis:

No More Lies!

Cassie Vera thought the biggest threat to her life disappeared the night her boyfriend, A.J. Vasillios, used his one-time-use power and saved her from certain death.

She was wrong.

The mythological hit list she was on is nothing compared to her freshman year at the University of Las Vegas. Rooming with Vegas’s future female royalty has pushed her estrogen tolerance to its limit. Worse, Cassie must take place in a time-honored tradition that tests her faith, while her boyfriend’s new job threatens to shatter her heart.

When age-old traditions change …

Cassie’s school year is interrupted when the future queens are ordered to represent their houses in an annual high-stakes competition. While at her ancestral home in Malaga, Spain, Cassie discovers the Greek gods have gifted her with new abilities. Cassie takes matters of righting an eighteen-year-old wrong into her hands. However, actions have consequences, and Cassie’s may very well end up costing her and the House of Hearts everything.

With her family’s future at stake and the love of her life choosing sides, Cassie must cheat death one more time.

When duty requires you to do the unthinkable, where will your loyalties lie?

Only a Cheating Heart Knows.

 

MEOW . . . MEOW . . . MEOW

We been waiting, what feels like forever for Lying, Cheating Heart. Now that's it's here the stakes are higher than ever before. 

Cassandra has a lot of eyes on her, a lot of expectations but all Cassie wants to do is crawl into a hole and pretend that not everything is weighed on her. Now that the four house of queens are attending ULV, the danger isn't far from them. 

Cassie and A.J relationship seem to grown more strain this time around, with A.J being the next one in line for the House of Midas. A.J seems to be taking more of his duties more serious than his own relationship with Cassie which leaves her feeling like she's not important. 

My opinion on this relationship, while I love them together in Enchanted Heart I grew to dislike A.J very quickly because of his actions. Actions speak louder than words. Even in the end of of Lying, Cheating Heart I feel that their relationship is over. 
For the time being. 

There's a lot of twists in sides in Lying, Cheating Heart which makes me wonder who is trustworthy and who is not?

We do meet a few new characters that I think will be playing a big role in the next upcoming book for Game of Hearts. 

I give this 4.5 Cat Paws, I really enjoyed Lying, Cheating Heart, the world that Mindy structured I can now imagine why she waited to release this book. You have to get the right details right in order for the world of the book to make sense.


Excerpt of Lying, Cheating Heart


Wind pulled at my hair, lashing the ends into my face as we made the drive back to the dorms. It was too much to talk about. My sister, Cara, had her secrets with Mr. Bones, and I had mine with Yayati. He knew about me years ago and never told Midas. It was one thing to water down a fact; it was another to completely defy the House of Midas.
Why?
Why would he risk it?
Cara pulled the car into the Dayton Complex parking structure, pressed a button to bring the top up, and killed the engine.
Cara finally broke the silence. “I’m not looking for bonding moments and giggles over hot chocolate.”
“I’m not looking for that, either. I’d just like a civil relationship with my sister.”
“Half,” she corrected me.
“You and Carina are all the family I have in this world.” The words caught on the lump in my throat. “You’re my sister.” My hand covered hers. I didn’t miss her flinch at my touch. “I didn’t mean to ruin your life, especially when your very presence saves mine.”
Finally, her round honey eyes found mine, so much uncertainty churning. I wanted her to trust me. I squashed the warm tingle climbing up my back. I needed this to be because she wanted to be my sister, not because I’d commanded her under my powers.
Cara’s eyes broke away. “Thank you for stopping.”
“You felt that?”
She nodded.
“What . . .?” My question trailed off. Maybe I didn’t want to know what it felt like. Maybe it was painful from the beginning. Gods knew, it could be physically damaging.
“It’s like I’m being forced out of my mind. Nothing belongs to me.” Cara folded her hands in her lap, studying her polished nails before she spoke up again. “I could hear you.”
“You could?” I whispered.
“You want me to want to be your sister.” She turned and looked at me, really looked at me. A small bead of sweat dribbled down the side of her face. “Then it got all muddled and I was back. Back in control.”
I sank into the leather seat, the need to confess more stifling than the heat.
“I went after Helen this morning.”
Cara turned the car on and kicked up the air, then turned in her seat toward me. “I was wondering when that was going to happen. Spill.”
Half a dozen "fuck mes" later, Cara and I left the car and headed back to our dorm rooms. Laughter and splashing from the pool sprayed over the bougainvillea-lined rails around the pool and barbeque area of our dorms.
“What are you doing today?” I asked.
“Not sure. I have shit to do.” Cara pulled open the lobby doors. She waved to a group of girls coming out. “I’m sure you do, too. A.J. probably needs help before he leaves.”
“Found that one out today, too.”
Cara punched the up button and leveled me with a look before saying, “I know you want to give this sister thing a try.” She held up a hand, stopping me. “So this is my contribution. A.J. may be your Jack, but he’s the heir to the House of Midas first. Beaux’s a spare king. He’s been living his life without any rules or repercussions. Now he has you. Both boys have pasts. A.J. will never be totally honest with you. It’s not in his nature. And Beaux’s never had anything to be responsible for.”
The doors to the elevators slid open. Cara smiled at a group of boys coming off the elevator, admiring their chiseled bodies and lack of clothing. I chewed on my lip as we walked into the elevator. The doors shut out the sounds from the lobby.
“Here’s my other sister thing: A.J. loves you, but his House comes first and all the duties and suitings that come along with it. Beaux is easy on the eyes but has a heart that’s buried under eighteen years of being told you don’t matter. You can change that. I’ve seen how the world reacts to you. You just have to make them both know you need to be protected. You’re worth protecting.”

After reading the Excerpt, you can see that Cara, Cassie's Half Sister is growing to like her and help her along the way. You'll be surprised on how much Cara becomes an Asset to Cassie when defending the House of Heart.

 

Read ENCHANTED HEART, the award winning first book in the Game of Hearts series while you wait…

 
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About ENCHANTED HEART:

Cassandra Vera never ever breaks the rules.

Ever!

She’s also had a nonexistent social life since her best friend moved to Vegas. Armed with a new set of resolutions, the promise of a hot date, and her adoptive parents out of town, Cassandra agrees an overnight road trip to Las Vegas to celebrate her birthday is the perfect way to ring in the New Year. After all, it’s Vegas, the city where secrets are meant to stay hidden. Little does Cassandra know the secrets of her own pastare buried there, as well.

In the shadows of the glitz and gaudy lights of Vegas lies a power struggle centuries old. One wrong step and Cassandra could destroy the delicate web of secrets. Now an enemy she never knew existed is after her and the one boy who may be the missing piece to the puzzle —and her heart— is the one person she can’t afford to trust.

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About Mindy Ruiz: Mindy Ruiz lives in a sleepy Beach Town in Southern California. When she’s not writing, she spends her time chasing after three boys, making flirty eyes at her hunky husband, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Dallas Cowboys, and hanging out at the beach with her very large and loud Italian family. Her career in publishing started in the 4th grade with a story about a magic, museum-hopping, chair. Now, Mindy writes young adult, new adult, and adult paranormal romance. Her books always include tormented heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of swoon-y moments that will put a smile on your face or make your heart race. Mindy is the lover of a good romance, the underdog and John Hugh’s 80′s teen movies. When her toes aren’t in the sand or her mind isn’t in the clouds, Mindy loves hearing from readers.  

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